Head Injury Forces Naked Rower to Shore

Keith Whelan is attempting to row from Australia to Africa ... minus clothing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2011 8:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Irishman rowing naked across the Indian Ocean has been rescued off Australia after he hit his head in rough seas. Keith Whelan stopped the bleeding himself after a swell threw him. He called a member of his team in Britain who notified Australian authorities. A cargo ship eventually picked him up. The 29-year-old wants to become the youngest person to sail from Australia to Mauritius, off Africa. But he's added another twist: He's not wearing clothes. Bad weather has already forced Whelan back to shore once. Follow his attempt online at the Naked Adventurer. (Read more Australia stories.)

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